Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Checking In

No big news lately as not a lot has been going on since landing my prize in Deepholm. Dakona had a great week progression wise getting in a PUG that headed to Blackwing Descent where we managed to one shot Magmaw, Omnitron Defense System and Maloriak before getting stopped at Atramedes. I definitely have come to hate Atramedes with all my might and I swear one day I will kill him even if it takes me 10 years. Our group ended up moving to The Bastion of Twilight where we continued our good night with easy kills over Halfus Wyrmbreaker, Valiona & Theralion and Ascendant Council. We would eventually end our night after some good attempts at Cho'gall and I came away with only one piece of loot with Necklace of Strife from the Valiona & Theralion fight (which still gives me trouble) but the overall experience of getting more boss encounters in was huge for Dakona who is desperately in need of more raid time. I am defiantly hoping to repeat that luck this week by getting into another PUG but with so many hunters in the same boat as me it seems I'll have to be patience for my chances... like a grasshopper.

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Aeonaxx Kill Video

I put together a video of my Aeonaxx kill and I added some tips for anyone interested in killing him as well. Hopefully this will be helpful but remember it takes patience and time for this beauty to surface and if you can afford the time I definitely recommend going for it. I hope you enjoy the video =)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Power of Blog

In my quest to answer why things have been so boring for me lately, I didn't once consider the power of the blog. Ever since I started the blog I've been overwhelmed with adventures. However, ignore the blog and *poof* back to ordinary. Less than 24 hours after my last blog it finally happened. Not a moment to soon as I was beginning to hear my flying mount's wings flapping when I would close my eyes to sleep every night. At about 4:00 pm as I was making my bed, the horn sounded and half expecting to see that stupid bat I gingerly walked over to my computer and my heart dropped.

 Yes I know it's a bit extreme to go numb over pixels but I definitely went numb. Fumbling around my keyboard I got close enough to Aeonaxx to jump on it and from there it was just a mad panic to kill it before it killed me. I did get paranoid about the adds, I wasn't sure if I should be killing them or just keep focusing on Aeonaxx. Turns out I didn't have to worry about the adds but I guess that could depend on your gear and your DPS capabilities. I ended up with just over 50% of my health left when I finally killed him. The whole thing was a blur and I have no idea how I had to mind to start recording it, luckily I had it all set up before hand so it was just a matter of clicking a button. I put together a little video of the fight including some shots of the mount after it's been looted. I will put that together and have that up for you guys tomorrow.

I must admit that it's been a few days since I got it and I'm definitely feeling the withdraw. I use to fall asleep every night floating in Deepholm, I'm already looking to find a new obsession to consume me, so if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Even SLOWER Week

Does anyone even come here anymore? With the lack of excitement lately I've made myself obsolete, oh noes!. After all those early blogs when stuff seemed to happen everyday, I've done a complete switch to a place where more action happens while painting a wall.

However I swear it's not due to a lack of effort. Dakona continues to plug away each day trying to shake the rust from this slump. I've been doing Heroic: Sethekk Halls everyday, still chasing that damn Raven's Lord. I then take the long flight to Howling Fjord and enter Heroic: Utgarde Pinnacle in hopes Skadi the Ruthless will drop Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake for me. And when I'm really desperate I hop inside The Stonecore and make my way to Slabhide to try my luck at a Reins of the Vitreous Stone Drake drop. Any one of these drops would make for an exciting blog update and of course I do it only for you guys but alas I've come up empty time and time again.

I will share a secret I was planning on keeping to myself until I got it, but its been three weeks now so I'm starting to think it's not going to be as easy as I hoped. I've been spending a lot of time in Deepholm lately. As a hunter it's no surprise I enjoy the boring camp of a rare spawn. However it appears Dakona has met her match. I've now officially spent more than 300 hours waiting for Aeonaxx to spawn. This is the third week I've dedicated to seeking this bugger out. My worst fear is that he has spawned when I'm inside a heroic or doing one of my daily mount runs but of course he could very well have spawned while I was at work, or maybe he hasn't spawned at!

I've actually came close to getting him, and it's been motivating and disheartening ever since. On my second day of camping I wasn't taking it as seriously as I probably should have. I had my NPCscan on and was doing some odds and ends around the house. At one particular time around 1:00 am I went downstairs to grab my laundry and something on T.V ended up catching my eye. It was about 15-20 minutes before I made my way back upstairs to my computer and this was what I saw...

I searched and searched for about 20 minutes and didn't see anything. I whispered some people in the area to see if anyone had seen someone riding it but nothing. Someone told me a horde warrior was seen in Orgrimmar a few days later on one but I cannot be sure he got this particular spawn. It was good because I had confirmation it existed, however three weeks later I would realize how rare that opportunity was. I've refused to watch Criminal Minds ever since, as it surely costed me a Reins of the Phosphorescent Stone Drake.

I will continue to plug away, not just for myself but for you 3 or 4 readers who have not given up on me. I will make you proud, I promise!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Slow Week

This week felt like it went by in slow motion and with so much going on poor Dakona was barely able to get her daily Heroic runs in let alone anything else productive. I did go to Temple of Ahn'Qiraj for the first time ever earlier in the week as I inch closer to getting all the Classic dungeons and raids finished. My Warlock buddy and I were stopped at "The Twins" the first night but while I was at work my Warlock friend and a Druid guildie killed them quite easily... or so I'm told. C'Thun was a unique experience, I've never been sucked into a stomach before, still trying to get the smell out of my cape. We wiped on the first attempt but figured it out on the second attempt and it was all quite easy and fun in the end. I also got all 4 Qiraji Resonating Crystal mounts including the red one within about 5 minutes. I was told the red one was quite rare which got me excited, until an hour later when I saw in guild chat that another guildie got it as well. It might have something to do with Blizzard upping their drop rates. The Time-Lost Proto Drake for example had its possible spawn time reduced to 3 hours. Let the battle of "Keep people away from Rift" begin.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Moving On Up!

It's been almost a week since I last checked in so I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I'd have some news. No new mounts to report although Reins of the Drake of the North Wind dropped during my Heroic Vortex Pinnacle run today off Altairus. It's the first time I had seen that mount drop and it's a shame I didn't win the roll because it's a beauty. I followed through with my Engineering leveling and after getting to 525 rushed to get my Deadly Bio-Optic Killshades which look pretty cool on me if I may say so. I even got all the extra engineering stuff I mentioned in my last entry so I feel like I definitely improved which made the expensive grind worth it. I even went back to The Storm Peaks (my favorite place) and got the recipe for Jeeves within the first few minutes of killing Library Guardians which randomly drop it. I later found out how expensive and time consuming it is to make the little bugger but I will be trying to get that finished by this weekend.

After taking the advice of some of the people who commented on my blog I have been doing Baradin Hold for three straight weeks now. Although I haven't gotten any of the T11 pieces yet I am enjoying the extra valor and raid experience it gives me each week. In a bit of a surprise I got invited to my first 10 man group on Sunday night. This included two bosses in The Bastion of Twilight and three in Blackwing Descent. It was very nerve racking being my first time as you can imagine and since invites have been rare I of course wanted to make a good impression in hopes of getting another invite sometime. The first boss we did was Halfus Wyrmbreaker which I can barely remember since it happened so fast. I don't think I did much to be honest except find myself lost most of the time and trying to shoot at what everyone else was killing. A good start saw him drop Proto-Handler's Gauntlets which I narrowly won the roll for against another hunter in the group (who deserved them a lot more than I did) and I sheepishly took them. The low point of the night came in the Valiona & Theralion fight, I had flashbacks to my Heroic Altramedes attempts which I would end up dying in the first 2 minutes even though I felt like I was doing the mechanics perfectly. Same sort of deal in this fight, I got caught by the breathe the first time, learnt that lesson quickly. Second death came during Blackout when I stacked up behind her with everyone else but somehow ended up dying nonetheless. Very frustrating and I think I would of given up my spot for someone with a brain had the raid group not been so friendly. Moving to Blackwing Descent was definitely uplifting as it didn't take long to learn the Magmaw fight and we were able to get him down without much trouble. Likewise the fight against Omnotron Defense System was fairly easy for me. All I really had to do was know when to switch targets and avoid stuff around me. Maloriak would be the boss that would eventually end our raid night on Sunday. We got very close to killing him twice, coming as close as 3% and 1%. Very frustrating but all the attempts were very good for me as my DPS got stronger with each attempt and out of all the fights this is probably the one I'm now most comfortable with. We didn't end up finishing the raid before it reset on Tuesday, I don't think my performance will get me another invite but the experience was invaluable for the next time I raid. The gloves were just a bonus so I would say all and all it was a very good week progression wise for Dakona.

This is how Dakona is looking today. Need some T11 gear I think to make her look less whimpy in her oversized boots. Hopefully I'll be able to get into another raid group like last week again soon, would really love to get a new ranged weapon and perhaps if I'm lucky get Malevolence from Halfus Wyrmbreaker.

Here is a link to my current gear: Dakona's Armory

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